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Clarke College adds IT course [Photo]

The entrance of Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa, as seen on May 28, 2010. Clarke College has tailored a degree program in information technology, which the board hopes will allow students to gain employment at IBM.

Dubuque, Iowa, retirement community opens door to techies [Photo]

The entrance to Oak Park Place in Dubuque, Iowa, as seen on May 28, 2010. Oak Park Place, a retirement and assisted living community, opened its doors to employees hired by IBM to work at the service center in Dubuque, Iowa, who could not find traditional options for housing. The city underestimated the number of employees looking for rental properties instead of buying a home.

IBM brought service center to Dubuque, Iowa, in 2009 [Photo]

A photo illustration of the view from the Fenelon Place Elevator platform atop the bluff in Dubuque, Iowa, on May 27, 2010. The city is located along the Mississippi River in northeast Iowa. IBM opened a service center in downtown Dubuque, Iowa, in January 2009

Honoring Jean Mugabo-Kenda [Photo]

From left, Michelle Munyantarama, Caritas Habimana, Sofia Nabigondo, Perusi Ndabazaniye and Mariane Bihomora sing during a memorial gathering to honor the life of Jean Marie Vianey Mugabo-Kenda at the family's home on Wednesday evening.

Missouri softball team celebrates super regional win [Photo]

Missouri softball players join in the MIZ-ZOU cheer with their fans after super regional victory Sunday over Oregon. The victory sent the Tigers to their second straight Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City. They open play there at noon today against Hawaii.

Making their case [Photo]

Mary Hussmann, left, and members of the People for a Taser-Free Columbia explain their reasons for supporting a petition that would make illegal the use of any "conducted energy devices," which includes Tasers, at the Columbia City Hall on Wednesday. If the petition is found to contain more than 3,667 signatures it will be presented to the Columbia City Council for a vote.

Presenting the petition [Photo]

Katherine Murrie, left, Mary Hussmann, right, and other members of the group People for a Taser-Free Columbia present a petition to ban all "conducted energy devices," including Tasers, to City Clerk Sheela Amin on Wednesday. If the petition is found to contain more than 3,667 signatures, it will be presented to the Colubia City Council. "This allows citizens, who have been voiceless in the whole process, to get their day in democracy," Murrie said.

Foundation grants awarded [Photo]

The Columbia Public Schools Foundation president, Patti Coffelt, at podium, speaks about recipients awarded grant money at a ribbon cutting on Wednesday at the Columbia Public Schools District office. Among the recipients was the Minority Achievement Committee. Some of its members are shown at left.

Protesting Israelis' actions in Gaza [Photo]

Members of the Islamic Center rally Wednesday against Israeli killings of Gaza humanitarian flotilla participants earlier this week. From left are Mohammed Hamed, 18; Mohammed Muraywid, 25; and Kamau Bilal, 26. Bilal said he hopes to raise awareness and added, "It'd be good to hear Obama say something against the injustice."

Table: Traffic Stops [Graphic]

Black and Hispanic drivers stopped were likely to be searched and arrested, despite a greater contraband hit rate at traffic stops among white drivers.

Scott Wilson [Photo]

Scott Wilson is an attorney with The Hines Law Firm in Columbia.

Home-schooled basketball player Hannah McGennis [Photo]

Hannah McGennis puts up a shot in the title game of the National Christian Homeschool Basketball Championships in March. Her team, the Central Missouri Saints, which is made up of home-schooled students, has been playing since 2002.

Softball sendoff [Video]

The MU softball team heads to Oklahoma City for the Women’s College World Series on June 1. This will be the Tigers’ second straight trip to the series. The team qualified for the series with its win against the University of Oregon on Sunday. With 51 wins for the season, the team set a new school record.

Protests in Washington, D.C., of raid in Gaza [Photo]

Former U.S. Ambassador to Mauritania Edward Peck, center, speaks in front of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, June 1, 2010, during a protest against Israel's raid against a flotilla of aid ships heading for the Gaza Strip. Peck was among activists in the flotilla trying to get humanitarian aid to Gaza.

All smiles at softball sendoff [Photo]

Jenna Marston, left, jumps into a picture with Nellie Dodd, center and Megan Christopher, right, before the University of Missouri softball team sendoff on June 1. The team will compete in the Women's College World Series June 3-9 in Oklahoma City.

Softball sendoff celebration [Photo]

Avery Hazelrigg, 2, waits with her family to cheer for the University of Missouri softball team at the official sendoff on June 1. The team will be competing in the Women's College World Series June 3-9 in Oklahoma City.

Loading up the bus [Photo]

Driver Jerry McGuire helps Ashlie Ortega put her bags underneath the bus before the official sendoff for the University of Missouri softball team on June 1. The team will compete in the Women's College World Series June 3-9 in Oklahoma City.

Rental problems in Dubuque [Photo]

An apartment sits vacant at 1273 Bluff Street on May 27 in downtown Dubuque, Iowa. IBM opened a service center in Dubuque in January 2009 and sparked a rental market housing crisis in the city.

Dubuque's hot dog vendor [Photo]

Milton Vega, right, purchased a hot dog from street vendor Doug Neilson in the park across the street from the new IBM service center on May 28 in Dubuque, Iowa. Vega, an IBM employee, moved from Florida to Dubuque in January.

Dubuque's IBM lights [Photo]

IBM opened a service center in downtown Dubuque, Iowa, in January 2009 and currently occupies floors 5-9 in the Roshek Building, once a department store, as seen on May 26. While many of the employees work standard business hours, the call center is staffed 24 hours a day.
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